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Census Numbers Show Big Growth In Western Montana

New population numbers released by the U.S. Census Bureau Thursday show that Gallatin County’s population has grown 25 percent since the 2010 census. That’s far ahead of Madison County which had the next highest growth rate at 14 percent.

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Thank you to everyone who donated, volunteered or gave a thank-you gift during MTPR's spring pledge week! Your support makes public radio possible. At the end of the pledge drive on Sunday night the tally reached $497,413, nearly 81 percent of our $610,000 goal for spring. There were a total of 3,539 listener pledges during the spring fundraiser.

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Béla Fleck On Bach, Bird, Scruggs - And Musical Truth

Complete this sentence: " Béla Fleck is to the banjo as ______ is to the _______." Louis Armstrong to the trumpet? Jimi Hendrix to the guitar? Clara Rockmore to the theremin? Among North American banjo players, only Earl Scruggs is as legendary (to diehard fans of bluegrass) for pioneering new techniques on this instrument. From his early tutelage with Tony Trischka and nine years with the New Grass Revival to inventions within Béla Fleck and the Flecktones and with masters of other genres - as well as his duo with partner Abigail Washburn - Fleck's reinvention of the banjo goes beyond virtuosity. He's a banjo visionary.

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Calling all fans of psychedelic music! Join us Friday, April 19 at 10 p.m. for the latest edition of Psychedelic Circus.

Doc Sandoz has found & curated lots of unknown psychedelic gems, along with familiar psychedelicia to excite & entertain you on the April edition of the show. Sit back, relax, lower the lights and join Doc Sandoz & Joan Richarde for a musical trip down Alice's rabbit hole. Listen on your radio or online at 10 p.m. Friday.

Angela Cheng and Alvin Chow will perform live on Montana Public Radio, Friday, April 19 at 2 p.m.
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The piano duo of Angela Cheng and Alvin Chow are coming to Missoula as part of the Celebrate Piano Series at the University of Montana. They'll join us in the studio Friday April 19, at 2 p.m. to perform selections from Debussy and Brahms live.

Complete this sentence: "Béla Fleck is to the banjo as ______ is to the _______." Louis Armstrong to the trumpet?  Jimi Hendrix to the guitar? Clara Rockmore to the theremin? Among North American banjo players, only Earl Scruggs is as legendary (to diehard fans of bluegrass) for pioneering new techniques on this instrument.  From his early tutelage with Tony Trischka and nine years with the New Grass Revival to inventions within Béla Fleck and the Flecktones and with masters of other genres - as well as his duo with partner Abigail Washburn - Fleck's reinvention of the banjo goes beyond virtuosity. He's a banjo visionary.

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Somewhere between hunting for gold in Latin America as a geologist and getting married to a new husband, thirty-three-year-old Susan Purvis loses her way.

Susan comes to believe that a puppy and working on ski patrol at the last great ski town in Colorado will improve her life. When she learns about avalanches that bury people without warning, she challenges herself: “What if I teach a dog to save lives?” This quest propels her to train the best possible search dog, vowing to never leave anyone behind.

Whitebark pine.
Famartin (CC-BY-SA-3)

I first visited Glacier National Park in June. Though winter had only recently loosened its grip on the Crown of the Continent, there were blue skies and sunshine as I hiked up a high-elevation glacial basin. The temperature was a balmy 60 degrees.

Truffles, Trees And — Squirrels?

Apr 7, 2019
Truffle With A Squirrel Bite
FLICKR USER, SCOTT DARBEY (CC-BY-2.0)

Walking through the woods recently, I saw a red squirrel digging in the litter of the forest floor. I assumed it was burying a pine cone, but on closer inspection I found a piece of mushroom. Little did I know I was witnessing a process critical to the survival of a forest.

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